Saturday, June 16, 2012

Chelsea & Brent: Sneak Peek!

Congratulations, guys! It was an honor to photograph your day!

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Summer is here, and that means it's a perfect time to update your family photos!


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Thursday, June 7, 2012

DIY Boutonnieres!

Like so many brides these days, I have conquered our wedding preparations in full DIY style, making my own save the dates, invitations, reception decorations, neckties, flower arrangements & more!

It's a lot of fun doing things myself, with the help of my parents (yes, even Dad has gotten involved!) & maids. There's a sense of satisfaction knowing I've created these things for our wedding, giving personal attention to each tiny detail that I'm hoping will fulfill my dream wedding & be appreciated by our guests.

Today on my list of DIY projects was boutonniers! I forged ahead, with my silk flowers, floral tape, twine & wire cutters in hand!

I had previously chosen country-inspired silk flowers, so I snipped them to the desired length, wrapped them tight in floral tape & finished the look with wrapped twine. I love the country-chic effect, and I'm excited for my men to wear them! (I know they're thrilled too, haha!)

Signs of Summer

"Then followed that beautiful season...Summer....Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood." 

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


I love this time of year. When the grass is bright kelly green, thick under my toes, and cool. I love when the birds sing at dawn, waking me hours earlier than in the winter. I love the colorful blooms that line my country roads, and the sweet smell of nature.

I know there's still a few weeks until it's officially summer, but I can taste it, and it's beautiful.

Cha cha cha changes...

My life has been full of changes lately, but let me assure you, everything is good.

For the past few years, my sole focus has been on my photography business. I was done with school, single, living back in my home town, and felt secure enough to throw everything I had into my photography. My evenings were spent researching, blogging, networking & trying to grow my business. Which, I'm proud to say I did.

Now in my third year of going solo, I'm proud of the work I've done, and the steps I've taken. I'm thankful for the people I've met, and the people who have encouraged me along the way. I set up a strong foundation for myself, and I know from here out, I'll only continue to grow upon that.

But for the last few months, my focus has shifted a bit.

In meeting Andrew, getting engaged, planning our wedding & preparing to be a (step) mom, my priorities have had to shift. My schedule now accommodates for softball games, family time & a lot of hours on the road driving between Binghamton & Utica.

It's been a busy time, a time full of changes, but let me assure you, everything is good.

You may ask, how are these changes effecting your business?

And my answer: not a whole lot.

I'm still focusing on my clients, still devoting my time to weddings, consultations and web presence. But I've let certain seasonal promotions pass, allowing me more time with my soon-to-be family. So if you've noticed that I'm not doing senior portraits, or family sessions as much, that is why. I've taken a small step back.

You may also be asking: What are the long term changes for your business?

And my answer: Also, minimal.

After September 1st, my business will be located outside of Binghamton, NY. Andrew is in the beginning stages of building me an in-home studio where I will be able to work, hold sessions, meet with clients & grow! I am so excited for this opportunity, and thankful for Andrew, and his support of my work, I know this will be a great blessing!

But because I started my business in Utica, I have a strong base here, and will continue to work here even though I will be living outside of Binghamton. So if you are a Utica area bride, don't let my move scare you, I will still be here frequently, and available to you any time.

Long term, I'm excited to be able to expand my client base into Binghamton, nearby Pennsylvania, & be able to reach more people. So if you're a Binghamton area bride, start spreading the word!

Exciting changes are taking place in my personal life & also my business, but I assure it, everything is good.